NY Sued For Using Race To Help Determine Who Receives Crucial COVID-19 TreatmentNY Sued For Excluding ‘Whites’ From COVID-19 Treatment
Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
A legal group has filed a lawsuit against the state of New York for refusing to stop using race to help determine which people should receive monoclonal antibodies, a crucial treatment for COVID-19 that has been rationed by the federal government.
America First Legal lodged the suit after the New York State Department of Health ignored a warning over the policy.
“New York’s racist COVID decrees dispense lifesaving medicine based on the race or ethnic background of the patient. New York is deciding questions of life and death based on a New Yorker’s ancestry. This is outrageously illegal, unconstitutional, immoral, and tyrannical. And that is why we are suing the state—because right and justice and morality urgently demands it,” Stephen Miller, the group’s president, said in a statement.
In a Dec. 27, 2021, directive, New York officials highlighted the “severe shortage” of monoclonal antibodies and other COVID-19 treatments and instructed providers that “non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.”
In the class-action suit, filed recently in federal court in Binghamton, plaintiff William Jacobson said the result of the directive is that white people are ineligible for the treatments unless he or she demonstrates a medical condition or risk factor that increases their risk for severe illness from COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
“Using a patient’s skin color or ethnicity as a basis for deciding who should receive lifesaving medical treatment is appalling. And directing medical professionals to award or deny medical care based on immutable characteristics such as skin color, without regard to the actual health condition of the individual who is seeking these antiviral treatments, is nothing more than an attempt to establish a racial hierarchy in the provision of life-saving medicine. Worse still, New York’s racial preferences ignore the obvious race-neutral alternative policy of making antiviral treatments available to patients of any race who can demonstrate risk factors, such as advanced age, obesity, a compromised immune system, or other medical conditions,” the suit says.
The New York State Department of Health and the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, have not responded to requests for comment.
The Food and Drug Administration, which says that race and ethnicity are factors in determining which patients get treatments, has been urged to amend the “racist and un-American” guidance.
Thu, 01/20/2022 – 10:17